Oscar 191 Recruit Journal Week 05

International Maritime Signal Flag Oscar

Oscar 191 Recruit Journal

Formed: July 14, 2015

Graduates: September 4, 2015



This last week we finally started coming together for real as a team and there is really only one thing of importance to talk about. It happened out of the blue, unexpected as your 90 year old Grandmother dropping the F-bomb at the dinner table. All at once we were ordered to empty our lockers into our seabags and do it in 15 minutes. A full bag of locker gear pushes 70lbs(rough guess). After saddling the top heavy, lop sided load to our already sweaty backs we stepped off for destination unknown. We marched until the blacktop ended, then down a narrow dirt road until it ended. Stopped in front of an oddly placed gazebo on a sand dune of wire grass that fore fronted the Atlantic Ocean. “90 seconds to make a Pyrimid of seabags in front of the gazebo”, shouted Chief Duncan. We did it! But we did it wrong of course. This time 60 seconds to fix our discrepancies. Nope, wrong again. 30 Seconds. Wrong again. Time got shorter, we got sweatier. Then we formed in up single file and marched to the beach. Chief explained that we were going to conduct a “Team Building” training evolution, BUT, we couldn’t do that right. “FACE” Chief bellowed. We flopped to the deck like a flounders and continued our sandy work out until most of us were no longer able to move at all. “FEET!”; Chief shouted again. We got vertical as quickly as our shaky legs would permit. We faced the ocean as Chief Duncan said; “Do you see this Oscar? This will be your new office for the next several years, take some pride in it!” “Aye Aye, Chief Duncan” we replied with sand in our teeth, hair and underwear. During the midst of our Incentive Training we overlooked our companies NEW GUIDON!! The world seemed to stop today as we realized we had just earned our Colors. The flag was stuck in the surf as we plunged into the breaking waves with full force to retrieve it and celebrate. We jumped and yelled and got a litter wet, but it was something from a movie! OSCAR-191 will never forget the day we earned our colors and the feeling we shared out on that beach in Cape May!

Editor’s Note: This blog post was written by a recruit currently involved in Coast Guard basic training. The thoughts and opinions expressed in this Journal do not necessarily reflect those of Training Center Cape May, the U.S. Coast Guard or the federal government and are the sole opinion of the author. Recruit Journals are written by personnel in a high-stress environment with little time, so please excuse grammar and punctuation in the above article. The staff at Training Center Cape May do not edit the journals in any way, so as to ensure authenticity of the content and messages.